What are you hoping for? Written by Rhonda Childs

Every person on the planet has some sort of hope for something. Whether it’s hope for a job, hope for tickets to an event, a mother’s hope for a baby to come quickly and to be healthy, or even a child’s hope for a piece of candy.

In parts of our world there is desperation along with hope to just survive for another day. There is the hope and need for food, clean water, shelter, medical attention, and peace in a violent world that’s evil beyond imagination.

Hope is essential in a Christian’s life. There are many promises and blessings for those who put their hope in God.

Paul speaks of hope in Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Most certainly, we should first put our hope in Jesus. Salvation is by grace through the finished work of Christ Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. Jesus’ death and resurrection guarantees salvation by God fulfilling His promises.

Through-out the Old Testament, prophets predicted and people held to hope of the coming of Jesus.

Hope, like faith, is simply believing, putting your trust in the promises of God.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Paul tells us in Romans 8:24 “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

In hope, believers can endure hardship, by keeping their eyes fixed on God. We should have an everlasting hope, because God the Father has loved us through the grace of His son Jesus Christ. What greater love is that?

Always hope and pray for what is for good and rightoueness in the eyes of God. Do the same for others.

Jesus said in Matthew 22:37 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

What is your hope for today?

My hope and prayer is that each one of us share the hope of love that only comes from Jesus, passing it on to others.

 

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